Rantz: 7-year-old’s lemonade stand shuttered while nearby encampment remains

Aug 1, 2021, 7:43 PM | Updated: Aug 2, 2021, 12:55 pm

A park ranger shut down a 7-year-old girl’s lemonade stand in Everett, yet the city refuses to clear the nearby homeless encampments that neighbors have been complaining about.

It’s become a tradition for Elsa LaMaine to operate her lemonade stand at Rucker Hill Park. She even gives a portion of her profits to local nonprofit Everett Gospel Mission. So it was disappointing when a ranger came by to shutter her business and stomp on her entrepreneurial spirit.

As disappointing? The neighborhood’s homeless problems have gone unaddressed. In fact, after the lemonade stand was shut down, a completely naked homeless man walked by.

Rantz: Homeless bazaar selling ‘stolen’ clothes, booze takes over prime Seattle location

Lemonade stands? Nope

Elsa was with her grandmother last Saturday selling lemonade for $1 a cup, along with locally picked flowers. She sets up under a large tree for the shade. She’s been doing this since she was 4-years-old, with high-profile customers like Mayor Cassie Franklin. She had to take last year off due to COVID.

But it became a slow day on July 24 after an initial rush. Elsa wasn’t getting the customers she had hoped for. But that suddenly changed — at least she had hoped.

When a car finally pulled up, Elsa was ecstatic. But the would-be customer never left the car. Elsa’s grandmother Cherie wondered what was going on and approached the car. Then, it all became clear.

The driver pulled out, and a park ranger arrived. Cherie suspects the driver was actually an ornery neighbor complaining about the lemonade stand.

Cherie tells the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH that the ranger told them they’re not allowed to sell products on park property.

They set it up at Rucker Hill Park for better visibility and safety. With so much more foot traffic, customers wouldn’t have to cross the street for their beverage. But now, a ranger told them to shut it down.

Homeless encampments? Sure

When news that a park ranger shut down the lemonade stand spread around the neighborhood, some complained.

Not only was an adorable kid’s stand shut down, but the city has done virtually nothing to address the many nearby encampments where drug use is rampant. There’s an encampment just two blocks away that has all but terrorized neighbors. And there are many more in the nearby ravines.

As if it was to make the point, a homeless man wandered by while Elsa and her grandmother did an interview with KING 5 about the debacle. He was completely naked.

Cherie called the police to report the man. She tells the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH that the ranger shutting down the lemonade stand arrived faster than the officer addressing the naked homeless man. By the time an officer arrived, the naked man was gone.

What message does this send? That you don’t matter

This story isn’t just about crushing a young girl’s spirit. It’s about sending the message that the concerns of a neighborhood just don’t matter.

Whether it’s Everett and Seattle, or Bellingham and Tacoma, taxpayer concerns are ignored. Instead, cities let homelessness flourish. Many of the times, these aren’t people just down on their luck. They’re addicts or mentally ill. And rather than help them, city officials turn a blind eye.

It’s too hard to help the homeless. It’s easier to turn the crisis into an ideologically driven demand for subsidized housing paid for with federal tax dollars. That won’t actually solve the problem or address the underlying reasons why someone is homeless. But it meets the demands of partisans.

Or perhaps the problem is ignored so progressives can pretend to fight for a cause heroically. It gives them some meaning as they live a guilt-ridden life of privilege.

Whatever the reason they ignore the homelessness crisis, officials sure are clear about the concerns they prioritize. It’s not yours, and they’re not afraid to show it — even if it means disappointing a 7-year-old girl.

Did you like this opinion piece? Then listen to the Jason Rantz Show weekday afternoons from 3-6 p.m. on KTTH 770 AM (or HD Radio 97.3 FM HD-Channel 3). Subscribe to the podcast here. Follow @JasonRantz  on  Twitter,  Instagram, and Parler, and like me on Facebook

Jason Rantz on AM 770 KTTH
  • listen to jason rantzTune in to AM 770 KTTH weekdays at 3-6pm toThe Jason Rantz Show.

Jason Rantz Show

Jason Rantz

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Trooper tells Gov. Inslee to ‘kiss my…’ in final sign-off before vaccine mandate

A 22-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol signed off from his final shift with some parting words for Governor Jay Inslee: "Kiss my..."
1 day ago
Bothell Mayor...
KTTH staff

Former Bothell mayor cautions ‘defund the police’ is on November ballot

Former Bothell Mayor Mark Lamb breaks down November's municipal elections, and why the city has to mobilize against 'defund the police.'
3 days ago
Kathy Lambert...
KTTH staff

Councilmember Kathy Lambert decries recent demotion as ‘unacceptable, dirty politics’

In a KTTH interview, King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert explicates her belief that she's being silenced over her political positions.
5 days ago
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle school cancels Halloween over ‘equity,’ says Black kids don’t celebrate

A Seattle school canceled a Halloween parade because they don't think Black males celebrate the secular holiday.
6 days ago
tahoma, TikTok...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: School equity leader out after racist and vulgar TikTok videos spread

A local school district's equity team leader is no longer in her role after parents discovered her racist and vulgar TikTok videos.
7 days ago
Tina Podlodowski...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Whoa! WA Dems chair Tina Podlodowski voted for Donald Trump twice?

Did WA Democrats chair Tina Podlowdowski twice vote for Donald Trump? Shocking, if true!
8 days ago

Sponsored Articles


How to Have a Stress-Free Real Estate Experience

The real estate industry has adapted and sellers are taking full advantage of new real estate models. One of which is Every Door Real Estate.
IQ Air

How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes

You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
Swedish Health Services

Special Coverage: National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. The most technologically advanced treatment option in the Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform.
Marysville Police Department

Police Opportunities in a Growing, Supportive Washington Community

Marysville PD is looking for both lateral and entry level officers. Begin or continue your career in law enforcement for a growing, supportive community.

Small, Minority-Owned Businesses in King County and Pierce County Can Now Apply For $10,000 Relief Grants Through Comcast RISE

Businesses in King County and Pierce County can apply beginning on October 1, 2021, at www.ComcastRISE.com for a chance to receive a $10,000 relief grant.
Courtesy of JWatch Photography....
Experience Anacortes

Summer Fun Activities in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
Rantz: 7-year-old’s lemonade stand shuttered while nearby encampment remains